Our efforts are once again being directed towards musical matters. We have a marvellous acoustic at St Mary’s, and you may remember the ‘Music at St Mary’s’ programme that ran before the lockdown restrictions put paid to us and indeed to all other live performance.
We had hoped to get back on track in October with the chamber choir ‘Fine Chants’ who did a very successful concert for us back in 2016. Sadly they were unable to pull together a full choir, and had to withdraw the provisional date they had given us. We have though been put in touch with a couple of other local singing groups, and our thanks go to Tally at Ashdown Forest Living magazine in this respect.
We like to create the complete concert experience, so at all the events there will be an informal hour before the concert to have a glass of something along with home-made buffet food brought to the table by members of the congregation. Likewise there will be a chance to mingle and chat after the performance.
In addition to choral music, we have other ideas up our sleeve, and BM readers will be the first know what transpires!
We are thinking of ways to showcase local talent indoors as we did outside at this year’s Open Day, when we had sessions from Simon Joslin on vocals and guitar, and Simon Mellor playing jazz piano. His talented daughter Hermoine sang repertoire by Kurt Weill and Leonard Cohen. All of this would transfer well to an indoor concert setting.
If you are a musician living locally and would be interested in teaming up with us, then do contact me.